Romans 3:23 Everyone Has Failed

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23

The majority of people, all over the world, feel that overall they are a good person. Most often this is because they have not done anything extremely bad against the law or others.

People can come up with a list of things that they have done well and a longer list of things that they have never done making them look good. No one wants to be known as having failed or is failing in any area of their life. They only want the good to be seen and recognized.

Paul points out that there is no difference between the Jew and the gentile, because every one has sinned and has fallen short of the glory of God.

Since God had created the earth, everything in it and every one on it, He can make the rules as to what people can and cannot do. Along with making those rules, He can also set what the consequences are for breaking those rules.

The breaking of the rules is what the bible calls–sin. Every person on this earth has sinned at least once against God, regardless of how good one is. Very few people could ever say that they have never told a lie, or never cursed someone, or coveted something someone else had. These are just a few of the most common sins.

At the moment of committing a sin, one has fallen away from the glory of God and has a death sentence upon his head as a consequence for that sin. It has nothing to do with how good a person is or what he good he has done, he sinned.

In His great love and mercy, God sent Jesus to die on the cross for each and every person who has sinned. All a person needs to do is repent of those sins and believe in Jesus for forgiveness and eternal life.

Just as everyone else has sinned you have sinned against God in your life. Because of those sins, you have a death sentence. If you have not already done so, take a moment right now to repent of those sins. That means be sorry for them and turn away from them.

Accept the forgiveness and life that Jesus offers. He is willing and able to forgive you, when you repent.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all sins before God; that you will turn away from all sins towards God; and that you will believe in Jesus for forgiveness and salvation.

Romans 1:14-15 Are You Eager To Spread The Gospel?

I am obligated to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. Romans 1:14-15

Any person who has really good news is always eager to pass it on to others around him. Those who have good news that can help others are also eager to pass it on to anyone and everyone that they can.

Car salesmen often seem very eager to sell a person some new car. To the salesperson it is the best thing on the market and everyone needs it right now.

Paul, in his letter to the Romans, tells them that he is obligated to everyone, regardless of who they are. He is very eager to preach the gospel to everyone in Rome.

All over the world people are seeking for and desiring life, a long life. Very few actually want to die. The sad part is that the answer to eternal life is available, but many do not get to hear about.

The person who has heard the gospel and accepted it, believing in Jesus for forgiveness of sins and gaining eternal life, now has the greatest news of all time. However, many believers do not pass that information, that great news on. They hold that great news to themselves, not wanting to sound preachy or pushy.

Since the believer has the greatest news of all time, he should be very eager to pass that news on, to allow every person a chance at having eternal life. Each and every day the believer will have opportunities to tell someone about Jesus.

Doing this is showing the greatest love to a person that can be shown. Not telling a person about Jesus is showing hatred towards that person.

Every day you get opportunities to talk to various people. What is the first thing that you want to talk about?

Allow God to put His love in your heart for the people so that you will desire and be eager to tell them about Jesus. Despite all the important things that can be talked about in life, nothing is more important than the salvation of a soul.

Be eager to tell others about Jesus. Seek opportunities to tell more and more people about Him. The more people you tell about Jesus, the more people can choose to follow Him and have eternal life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have God’s heart of love towards all people; that you will tell as many as possible about Jesus; that you will be eager to tell people about Jesus; and that God will save many people through your message.

John 6:58 What Are You Feeding On?

This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever. John 5:58

Food is one thing that people love. There are thousands of different types of food to eat all from all around the world to satisfy the different appetites that people have.

With having so many different types of food, there are also many different diets to follow. These diets are to help people control their health by controlling what they choose to eat. Alongside the health issues, is the pleasure factor in determining what to eat.

Jesus had just described Himself as the bread of life. Then He tells the people that whoever eats of Him will live forever.

Physical food has its value. It gives the body the nutrition that is needed in order for one to grow and live upon this earth.

Although many people practically live to eat, this food is only of temporary value and pleasure. It gives a temporary pleasure and satisfaction for a short time. Within a few hours one will need to eat again. And no matter how much one eats or how healthy he eats, he will physically die some day.

Jesus provides food that does not fade away or stop satisfying. He is the bread of life. Jesus is the One that can give eternal life.

Eating the bread of heaven is choosing to believe in what Jesus says. It is making His words a part of one’s life, not just hearing them or ignoring them.

Believing and eating on Jesus gives a person perfect satisfaction and eternal life. In the same way, refusing to eat of Jesus, just like not eating physical food, will only bring about dissatisfaction and death, only eternal, not temporary.

Every day you choose to eat different foods to feed your physical body. This is done for both personal pleasure and health.

Just as you eat those physical foods, make sure you are taking time to eat upon Jesus, make the words He says a part of your life. Each time you eat of the words of Jesus, you will have greater satisfaction in life during troubling times. You will know what God desires of you and you will know the abundant life He has for you.

Do not be like many and become sick because you have rejected feeding upon Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will feed upon the words of Jesus everyday; that you will apply God’s words to your life; that you will know the abundant life God has for you; and that you will know the satisfaction you can have in Jesus.

John 3:36 Life Or Death Choice

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. John 3:36

The majority of people upon the earth feel that they are living life. Many also believe that they are living a good life. Others believe they are not living a very good life, due to all of the struggles and their financial position.

It is most common for people to focus upon what they have as to whether they are living a good life or not. This is a temporary look at things that do not last.

Jesus stated the way to have eternal life, believe on God’s Son…Himself. Anyone who rejects Jesus will only have God’s wrath upon him with death.

As the world is looking for life in the temporary things of this earth, they are missing out on what is true living. Most commonly the things people are looking for life in only bring about death. They give a temporary, short time pleasure, only to bring about death in the end.

Others will look towards good things, such as helping others out for life. Regardless of how good something is on this earth, it is only temporary and will not bring about true life.

True life can only be found in Jesus, God’s Son.

Anything short of believing in and following Jesus brings only death. Many people go to church and can quote the bible, but do not believe in Jesus as their Savior. They are living according to the works or deeds, not faith in Jesus.

In truth they are rejecting Jesus, the only one who can truly save them and give them true life. God is giving mankind mercy in providing life through Jesus. People have to choose to follow or reject Him for life or death.

You are going through life right now making daily choices. Your life may be one that is going well or it may be a difficult struggle.

The real question is which life are you really searching for. It is easy to find the temporary life of this world, but it only ends in death. Put your complete trust in Jesus as your Savior, so that you will know what true life is, regardless of whether you live or die on this earth.

Choosing to trust in Jesus is the greatest decision you will have to make, because it brings eternal life, not death.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will believe in and follow Jesus with all of your life; that you will know the true life God provides you; and that God will strengthen you to turn away from the death the world offers.

Revelation 20:15 Is Your Name In The Reservation Book?

Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15

In many of the fancier, sit-down restaurants, it is common to have the requirement to have a reservation in order to eat there. The purpose of the reservation is to ensure you will have a spot to eat. For restaurants this is because they have to limit how many people are eating there.

If a person shows up with no reservation, he may or may not be allowed in at all. Some places require reservation, while others they are highly recommended.

In John’s vision, he has seen a lot of judgement and destruction occurring. Along with death and hell, any person whose name was not written in the book of life were thrown into the lake of fire.

Fire is sign of final judgement or punishment. It is over, completed, eternal destruction and death. When a fire gets hot enough, there is nothing that can survive it, everything is burned up and destroyed forever.

While alive on this earth, every person has a choice to make. It is the most important choice in their life that effects them for all eternity. That choice is to choose whether to follow Jesus, repenting of all sins and to accept His forgiveness or not. No other choice ever made has the extreme weight of importance as this choice.

All other choices a person may make from day to day, may have good or bad consequences for a short amount of time. That amount of time could be for a few moments all the way up until the time of death.

At the point a person chooses to repent of sins and believe in Jesus, his name is written in the book of life. He is on the reservation list for eternal life in heaven. If has not made that choice, then he is condemned for eternity in a lake of fire.

You, yourself, alone must make a choice as to whether you will repent of your sins and follow Jesus or not. If you refuse to follow Jesus, the consequences will be that your name is not written in the book of life, bringing on the judgement of eternal death.

Although choosing to follow Jesus may cause some problems today, in the end it means your name is in the book of life. As a result you will have eternal life some day. Is your name in the book of life?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of your sins; that you will follow Jesus; that your name will be in the book of life; that God is reserving eternal life for you; and that you live your life for God.